Cavs going after Izzo

Tom Izzo has another suitor.

Michigan State athletic director Mark Hollis told the Associated Press on Monday the Cleveland Cavaliers are interested in Izzo, but haven't given him the chance to replace fired coach Mike Brown.

Yet.

"There is not a contract offer on the table," Hollis said in a telephone interview with the AP. "Last week, there was talk that Chicago and New Jersey were interested. If I was anywhere but at Michigan State, I would be interested in Tom, too, because he's the best coach in college basketball."

The News-Herald of Willoughby, Ohio, reported Sunday the Cavs have made Izzo an offer to be their coach, citing an unidentified league source.

Hornets tap Williams

The Hornets have scheduled a Tuesday news conference to formally introduce Monty Williams as their new head coach.

The 38-year-old Williams, who played at Notre Dame and then nine seasons for several NBA teams including the 76ers, has been an assistant to Portland head coach Nate McMillan since 2005.

This will be the first head coaching position for Williams, who was among eight candidates the Hornets interviewed for the job. Another top candidate, Boston Celtics assistant Tom Thibodeau, has agreed to become the next head coach of the Chicago Bulls.